Being a part of your literary community means offering more than just great books. Mysterious Galaxy is committed to regular in-store events with authors, book discussion groups, and other special events and celebrations.

Sat, 04/19/2014 - 2:00pm
Richard Lederer will be here in Shakespearian costume to celebrate the playwright and poet’s 450th birthday (a few days early due to World Book Night)! Local treasure Richard is an author, speaker, and teacher best known for his books on word play and the English language and his use of oxymorons. Richard is a native San Diegan and author of “Lederer on Language,” which appears weekly in the San Diego Union Tribune. He also broadcasts regularly on a number of major market public and clear-channel commercial radio stations, including KPBS in San Diego and KSFO in San Francisco. We guarantee that this witty and intelligent gentleman will entertain and educate you on this notable occasion. .              
$14.95
ISBN-13: 9781936863136
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: Marion Street Press, LLC, 7/2012

About the Author 

Richard Lederer is the author of 40 books about language, history, and humor, including his best-selling Anguished English series and his current books, The Gift of Age, A Tribute to Teachers, American Trivia, Amazing Words, and Lederer on Language.  He has been profiled in magazines as diverse as The New Yorker, People, and the National Enquirer and frequently appears on radio as a commentator on language.                  

Dr. Lederer’s syndicated column, “Looking at Language,” appears in newspapers and magazines throughout the United States, including the San Diego Union-Tribune. He has been named International Punster of the Year and Toastmasters International’s Golden Gavel winner.


Sun, 04/20/2014 - 11:00am
      In celebration of Easter, Mysterious Galaxy will be closed on Sunday 20 April 2014.  We will be back at 11:00 a.m. on Monday 21 April 2014.  Good Easter egg hunting!
Mon, 04/21/2014 - 7:30pm
    Anthony award-winning author Hilary Davidson began her writing career as an intern for Harper’s Magazine. Hilary has published three books in the Lily Moore suspense series, and is also the author of 18 nonfiction books, including Frommer’s New York City Day by Day. Her novel-length and short works invariably lead to dark places, including her latest, short story collection The Black Widow Club: Nine Tales of Obsession and Murder, and stand-alone thriller Blood Always Tells. (See Maryelizabeth’s review on our website.) Hilary also signs in San Diego on Tuesday 22 April 2014

Blood Always Tells (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780765333544
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Forge Books, 4/2014

Dominique Monaghan just wanted to get even with her two-timing, married boyfriend, a washed-up boxer stuck in a toxic marriage to a dangerously spoiled socialite. However, an elaborate blackmail scheme soon lands her in the middle of an unexpected kidnapping . . . and attempted murder. But who is actually out to kill whom?

Desmond Edgars, Dominique's big brother, has looked out for his wayward sister ever since their

mother was convicted of murdering many years ago, so when he receives a frantic phone call from

Dominique in the middle of the night, he drops everything to rush to the rescue. But to find out what has really happened to his sister, the stoic ex-military man must navigate a tangled web of murder and deception, involving a family fortune, a couple of shifty lawyers, and a missing child, while wrestling with his own bloody secrets . . . .

Hilary Davidson's "Blood Always Tells" is a twisted tale of love, crime, and family gone wrong, by the multiple award-winning author of "The Damage Done" and "Evil in All Its Disguises."


Tue, 04/22/2014 - 10:00am
A selection of books that go on sale this week, most on Tuesday April 22nd.  Check with staff if you have questions.  You can also purchase many of the below in eBook format. Just click the title to see if an eBook is available for that title. (Thanks to Kobo, most ebooks are now available for pre-sale.)  Happy Reading!  Signed titles may arrive later in the month. Contact the staff to reserve a copy. 
$15.99
ISBN-13: 9780062310071
Availability: Coming Soon - Available for Pre-Order Now
Published: Harper Paperbacks, 4/2014
A new book in the classic Russian fantasy series, Night Watch! The rise of a new prophet has awakened a terrifying danger--a monster that exists to stop the prophecy from coming true. With lives in mortal peril and time running out, Anton Gorodetsky must find a way to keep his young daughter safe . . . and save the Twilight itself.

Tue, 04/22/2014 - 7:00pm
Anthony award-winning author Hilary Davidson began her writing career as an intern for Harper’s Magazine. Hilary has published three books since the Lily Moore suspense series, and is also the author of 18 nonfiction books, including  Frommer’s New York City Day by Day. Her novel-length and short works invariably lead to dark places, including her latest, short story collection The Black Widow Club: Nine Tales of Obsession and Murder, and stand-alone thriller Blood Always Tells. (See Maryelizabeth’s review on our website.)              Hilary Davidson (right), with our very own Maryelizabeth Hart

Blood Always Tells (Hardcover)

$25.99
ISBN-13: 9780765333544
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Forge Books, 4/2014

Desmond Edgars, Dominique's big brother, has looked out for his wayward sister ever since their mother was convicted of murder many years ago. So when he receives a frantic phone call from Dominique in the middle of the night, he drops everything to rush to the rescue. But to find out what has really happened to his sister, the stoic ex-military man must navigate a tangled web of murder and deception, involving a family fortune, a couple of shifty lawyers, and a missing child, while wrestling with his own bloody secrets.

About the Author

Hilary Davidson won the Anthony Award for Best First Novel for The Damage Done. The book also earned a Crimespree Award and was a finalist for the Arthur Ellis and Macavity awards. Hilary’s widely acclaimed short stories have been featured in publications from Ellery Queen to Thuglit, and in many anthologies. A Toronto-born travel journalist and the author of 18 nonfiction books, she has lived in New York City since October 2001.


Wed, 04/23/2014 - 1:16pm
    Spreading the love of reading person to person  World Book Night U.S. is a celebration of books and reading. On April 23, 25,000 passionate volunteers across America will give away half a million books within their communities to those who don’t regularly read. In 2013, World Book Night was celebrated in the U.S., the UK, Ireland, and Germany and saw over 80,000 people gift more than 2.5 million books. This year many people in your communities will be participating including the staff of Mysterious Galaxy.        
$12.99
ISBN-13: 9780062073822
Availability: Not in stock, but can usually be shipped within the week.
Published: William Morrow Paperbacks, 6/2011

Wed, 04/23/2014 - 3:38pm
    Why does World Book Night exist? Reading for pleasure improves literacy, actively engaging emerging readers in their desire to read. Reading changes lives, improves employability, social interaction, enfranchisement, and can have a positive effect on mental health and happiness. Book readers are more likely to participate in positive activities such as volunteering, attending cultural events, and even physical exercise. Or more simply put, books are fun—and they can be life-changing. With the passionate volunteer support of thousands of people across the country, World Book Night U.S. is spreading the love of reading, person to person. For addiotnal information, please go to the World Book Night website

The Weird Sisters (Paperback)

$15.00
ISBN-13: 9780425244142
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Berkley Trade, 2/2012

This is the "delightful" ("People") "New York Times" bestseller that's earned raves from Sarah Blake, Helen Simonson, and reviewers everywhere-the story of three sisters who love each other, but just don't happen to like each other very much...

Three sisters have returned to their childhood home, reuniting the eccentric Andreas family. Here, books are a passion ("there is no problem a library card can't solve") and TV is something other people watch. Their father-a professor of Shakespeare who speaks almost exclusively in verse-named them after the Bard's heroines. It's a lot to live up to.

The sisters have a hard time communicating with their parents and their lovers, but especially with one another. What can the shy homebody eldest sister, the fast-living middle child, and the bohemian youngest sibling have in common? Only that none has found life to be what was expected; and now, faced with their parents' frailty and their own personal disappointments, not even a book can solve what ails them...


Wed, 04/23/2014 - 7:00pm
MG has been abuzz for months now with requests for Christopher’s latest novel, The Serpent of Venice. This ticketed event will go down as one of the best attended in Mysterious Galaxy’s history, so do not miss your opportunity to be a part of our history! It is Venice, a long time ago, and greed, revenge, deception, lust, and a giant (but lovable) sea monster combine to create another hilarious and bawdy tale from modern comic genius, Christopher Moore.  This is a numbered event – numbers for the signing line are free with the purchase of Serpents of Venice from Mysterious Galaxy, available April 22nd, starting at 10 AM.      If you are planning to attend the event, please do not place your order through the web site as all such orders are processed after the event. Instead, please contact the store and purchase the book on or after the on-sale date.            
$26.99
ISBN-13: 9780061779763
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: William Morrow & Company, 4/2014

Venice, a long time ago. Three prominent Venetians await their most loathsome and foul dinner guest, the erstwhile envoy from the Queen of Britain: the rascal-Fool Pocket. 

This trio of cunning plotters--the merchant, Antonio; the senator, Montressor Brabantio; and the naval officer, Iago--have lured Pocket to a dark dungeon, promising an evening of sprits and debauchery with a rare Amontillado sherry and Brabantio's beautiful daughter, Portia. 

But their invitation is, of course, bogus. The wine is drugged. The girl isn't even in the city limits. Desperate to rid themselves once and for all of the man who has consistently foiled their grand quest for power and wealth, they have lured him to his death. (How can such a small man, be such a huge obstacle?). But this Fool is no fool . . . and he's got more than a few tricks (and hand gestures) up his sleeve. 

About the Author

Christopher Moore is the author of eleven novels, including the international bestsellers, Lamb, A Dirty Job and You Suck

Chris was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Mansfield, Ohio. His father was a highway patrolman and his mother sold major appliances at a department store. He attended Ohio State University and Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara. He moved to California when he was 19 years old and lived on the Central Coast until 2003, when he moved to Hawaii. 

Before publishing his first novel, Practical Demonkeeping in 1992, he worked as a roofer, a grocery clerk, a hotel night auditor, and insurance broker, a waiter, a photographer, and a rock and roll DJ. Chris has drawn on all of these work experiences to create the characters in his books. When he’s not writing, Chris enjoys ocean kayaking, scuba diving, photography, and sumi-e ink painting. He divides his time between Hawaii and San Francisco.


Fri, 04/25/2014 - 10:00am
Please join Laurel Corona, author of The Mapmaker's Daughter, at an offsite event in Fallbrook, sponsored by the Friends of the Fallbrook Library. Mysterious Galaxy will be providing books for sale at this event. If you are unable to attend but would like a signed copy of Laurel's book, please call the San Diego store at 858-268-4747. For more information, please contact The Friends of the Fallbrook Public Library here.            
$14.99
ISBN-13: 9781402286490
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Sourcebooks Landmark, 3/2014

How Far Would You Go To Stay True to Yourself? 

Spain, 1492. On the eve of the Jewish expulsion from Spain, Amalia Riba stands at a crossroads. In a country violently divided by religion, she must either convert to Christianity and stay safe, or remain a Jew and risk everything. 

It's a choice she's been walking toward her whole life, from the days of her youth when her family lit the Shabbat candles in secret. Back then, she saw the vast possibility of the world, outlined in the beautiful pen and ink maps her father created. But the world has shifted and contracted since then. 

The Mapmaker's Daughter is a stirring novel about identity, exile, and what it means to be home.

About the Author

Laurel Corona is the author of three novels: Finding Emilie, Penelope's Daughter, and the Four Seasons. She graduated from the University of California, Davis, received her MA at the University of Chicago, and her Ph.D. at Davis.She has taught at San Diego State University, UC San Diego, and San Diego City College. She lives in San Diego.


Sat, 04/26/2014 - 12:00pm
     Sue Ann Jaffarian      Naomi Hirahara As the Berkley Prime Crime imprint celebrates its 20th anniversary, MGSD is delighted to host a pair of Prime Crime local authors at high noon. With three mystery series under her belt and a career as a paralegal, one might wonder when Sue Ann Jaffarian has downtime. Sue Ann waited until 1995 to undertake a career as a novelist, becoming a dedicated writer, and completing two novels before switching to the genre of mystery. With a background as a paralegal, writing mysteries seemed to fall into place. Ghost of a Gamble is the sixth book in the popular Ghost of Granny Apples Mystery series. Naomi Hirahara’s first book, Summer of the Big Bachi, was not only a finalist for Barbara Kingsolver’s Bellwether Prize, but was also a nominee for a Macavity mystery award. Not bad for a debut! The former reporter and editor for The Rafu Shimpo wrote four more books in the Mas Arai series. Naomi’s latest book, Murder on Bamboo Lane, is the first book in the Officer Ellie Rush series, and features a 22-year-old LAPD bicycle cop. (See Sarah’s review on our website.)

Ghost of a Gamble (Mass Market Paperback)

$7.99
ISBN-13: 9780425262177
Availability: In Stock - Click title for store location.
Published: Berkley, 4/2014

Spiritual medium Emma Whitecastle knows a good ghost when she feels one--like her own sweet Granny Apples, long gone but still as famous for her apple pies as she is for helping her great-great-great-granddaughter get to the core of the most baffling mysteries...

When Emma gets word of a sticky spirit problem in Las Vegas, she and the ghost of Granny Apples hit the road for Sin City. The spooked one is Dolly, a former showgirl. Dolly is haunted by Lenny, a dead Vegas hood worried about an aging mobster named Nemo coming after the leggy old bombshell. Dolly's playing dumb, but Emma's making a blind bet that she knows more about Nemo than she admits.

When Nemo is found dead, Dolly goes missing--and lands herself on a short list of suspects. Emma, Granny, and their pals comb Las Vegas to find her, only to discover the truth behind a casino heist gone bad, a hidden stash of stolen loot, and a missing wise guy who's not letting death come between him and setting things straight. And Emma and Granny Apples aren't about to fold until they save Dolly's neck and put her past to rest.

About the Author

Like the character Odelia Grey, Sue Ann Jaffarian is a full-time, middle-aged, paralegal. She lives in Los Angeles with her beloved cats, B and Raffi. 

Sue Ann heard the siren call of writing early in her life, but did not make the commitment to become a novelist until about 1995. After completing two novels (still unpublished), she turned her attention to the mystery genre, and fell in love. She continues to write both mysteries and general fiction, as well as short stories, and belongs to two very supportive writers' associations: Sisters In Crime, and Mystery Writers of America.